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Mariano is available again for Ancelotti after losing out in the games against Shakhtar and Rayo, prior to the national team stoppage. Ancelotti gave the opportunity to the Spanish-Dominican against Elche before Benzema’s last-minute injury. He did it giving priority even to Jovic, whom Madrid signed for 60 million euros from Eintracht. Mariano showed off with a good game, assistance included Vinicius on the heel.

But the end of the meeting was very rough for Mariano. Already in the discount, he was battered on the ground after a collision with a defender in a jump in which he fractured a bone in his face and after which he had to practice several stitches in the eyebrow.

Authorized club sources indicate to this newspaper that Mariano will be available, almost certainly, for next Sunday’s match against Granada. Of course, you will have to play with a custom mask that has been made to protect the bones of the face that are still being welded. Mariano is already training with this mask. On the other hand, they indicate in the club, Rodrygo and Valverde (the other injured together with Bale), also have many options to play.